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Comments: Leary's rarest LP is also one of his best. Recorded at Millbrook and all spoken word, this is similar to the Pixie LP but much more entertaining. Mixing recollections from earlier experiments with thoughts on contemporary events, this is as confrontational and subversive as he ever got. The LP title slogan later became tired, but here it seems newly coined and is presented as a rallying cry for the youth of America against the older generations. Hearing this makes you realize why he was once perceived as "the most dangerous man alive". Great LP, and still unknown to many. No reissue yet.
Note: this has the same title as the 1967 Mercury LP, but the contents are completely different.
The next album is now out of print, so I've uploaded it for everyone to have.....
Quote: "You Can Be Anyone This Time Around"
Original release: Douglas 1, US 1970
Produced by Intermedia Systems Corp, MA
Recording mix by USCO-Dacey
Sleeve artwork by Kelley/Mouse Studios
Comments: Only 3 years later yet an ocean of time lies between this and Leary's earlier LPs. Ostensibly a part of his California gubernatorial campaign (Ronald Reagan won) this could also be seen as a reminder to the world that Uncle Tim was still around and as far out as ever. Much has been made about the appearance of Stephen Stills and Jimi Hendrix on the record and while that may be true, the background music they provide is generic studio fill of no interest. One side is an edited press-conference with Leary presenting his political program (it's cool) before a friendly crowd. The other side is more interesting, with the title track being a sequel to his earlier drug guide recordings (the Mercury LP in particular), although the suggestion that "you can be John & Yoko this time around" may turn some listeners off. Some brief musical snips have been inserted into the ramblings, with a Pink Floyd segment wrongly attributed to Grateful Dead -- I guess Tim preferred Dave Brubeck anyway.
This is followed by "What do you turn on when you turn on", a biochemical rap that presents an early version of Leary's later infatuation with high tech, the human body being likened to a computer in a rather inspired and fact-laden discourse. This prophetic piece is undoubtedly the best thing on the album, which has been reissued on CD and also can be found as an original without too much trouble.
"Live And Let Live" Track 1 (feat. Leary speaking, Stephen Stills on guitar, John Sebastian on guitar, Jimi Hendrix on bass and Buddy Miles on drums)